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5 Reasons You Should Get Your Rear to the Market this October: UNCUT

Stephanie Fenty's picture

It's halfway through October. Fall, pretty leaves, pumpkins, apple picking, and your LAST CHANCE to get to the farmers' market. Yes, I'm talking to you. You who have been meaning to go all year, or have only gone once or twice. It's your last shot until next May...TAKE IT. Here are just a few reasons why:

Learning how to roll

Bob Porter's picture

I had the pleasure of  spending last Sunday afternoon at the Sangamon River Forest Preserve near Fisher, Illinois. A relatively new park, it sits at a shallow spot in the river, surrounded by old-growth trees and restored prairie. It’s a lovely spot, with a history that illustrates how dramatically human intervention can reshape the landscape.

Farm Aid 30--Mud, Bands, and Seeds

Cara Cummings's picture

The first Farm Aid concert was held in Champaign in 1985, and 30 years later it is still going strong. 

The first concert was supposed to be a one-off to help farmers in crisis--but the event turned into an organization that has been helping farmers ever since, as small family farms still-- maybe more than ever--need people and organizations to advocate for them.

Progress at the Farm Progress Show

Bob Porter's picture

At the Farm Progress Show in Decatur last week, I saw encourging signs that even among conventional farmers there is growing recognition of the importance of sustainable farming practices. During two panel discussions, one on cover crops, the other on wildlife restoration, the conversation made it plain that protecting and rebuilding the health of our farmland is being accepted as a necessary component of farming, even among those who grow on an industrial scale. 

Farming Beautiful

Cara Cummings's picture

Farming is inherently beautiful. 

The reorganization of soil, water, and sunlight into a rainbow of colors and all of the architectural combinations that we have not thought of yet, that end up reorganized yet again before they end up on our plates. And then there are the things that we farm, but don’t necessarily (and sometimes, necessarily) eat. The wood, fuels, fibers, and of course the flowers.

The Flowers.


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